Announcing the CBCA Book of the Year Award Notables List for 2020

Announcing the CBCA Book of the Year Award Notables List for 2020

Last night The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) announced its Book of the Year Award Notables List for 2020 and we’re very pleased to see many of our favourites have made the list.

CBCA National Chair Professor Margot Hillel OAM said the 2020 Notables List was drawn from 517 entries and is “arguably the most diverse award longlist in Australia”.

“Our Notable books are set in small towns and big cities in Australia and overseas. They take us from the ocean to the bush, telling stories of Indigenous, immigrant, disabled, LGBTQI+ and elderly characters. Many were created by ‘own voice’ writers and illustrators.

The 2020 Notables include favourite children’s authors Emily Rodda, Jackie French and Paul Jennings as well as Tim Flannery, the acclaimed scientific writer and conservationist.

“The Eve Pownall Award for non-fiction is particularly fascinating this year, with an amazing autobiography by the late Indigenous leader, Kunmanara Williams, written in both Pitjantjatjara and English.” Professor Hillel said.

Other Notable books in this year’s Eve Pownall Award category explain the underpinning concepts in geology (Australian Backyard Earth Scientist), astrophysics (Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime) and ecology (Beauty) through plain English, ingenious illustrations and story-telling.

The 2019 CBCA Book of the Year Award received 488 individual book entries, a record surpassed by this year’s 517. This growth in entries matches the continuing strength of Australia’s children’s book industry.

The CBCA is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians.

Regarded as Australia’s most prestigious children’s literature award, the CBCA Book of the Year was established in 1946 and is now presented in six categories: Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Picture Book, Eve Pownall Award and CBCA Award for New Illustrator.

For the full list of CBCA Book of the Year 2020 Notables please visit the CBCA website: https://www.cbca.org.au/notables-2020

 

 

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Publisher details

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals
Author
Sami Bayly
Publisher
Hachette
Genre
Children’s Non-Fiction
Released
24 September, 2019

Synopsis

Marvel as you enter the fascinating hidden world of ugly animals in this illustrated encyclopaedia of the animal kingdom's most unusual and beauty-challenged species. It's time for ugly animals to shine!Marvel as you enter the fascinating hidden world of ugly animals in this encyclopaedia of the animal kingdom's most unusual and beauty-challenged species. It's time for ugly animals to shine!With more than sixty ugly animals to explore, this compendium of the unusual celebrates the beauty in 'ugliness'. Children and adults alike will pore over the breathtaking scientific illustrations of unusual animals, debating their relative ugliness and merits, learning about science and nature along the way.Featuring illustrations and facts about the thorniest species the animal kingdom has to offer, from the naked mole rat to the goblin shark, aye-aye, sphinx cat, blobfish and many more 'ugly' beauties.This gorgeous hardcover book is illustrated in exquisite detail by exciting new Australian talent, Sami Bayly.

Synopsis

AN ABSOLUTE DELIGHT TO READ, WITH LOTS OF CHARMING AND QUIRKY CHARACTERS' - Better ReadingFreja and her mother, Clementine, are reunited at last. Tobias and Vivi are in love. And Lucerne, their new home, is a paradise of snowy alps, sapphire lakes, white swans and delicious Swiss chocolate!Everything seems perfect, until poor Lady P appears, bandaged from head to toe after a fall - or was it a push? Crimes break out across the city, all involving chocolate. Clementine doesn't seem her usual self. And still Freja has not solved the biggest mystery - who is Tobias Appleby?All will be revealed in the girl, the dog and the writer's final adventure by award-winning Australian author Katrina Nannestad.

Publisher details

Monuments
Publisher
Hachette
Genres
Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Released
27 August, 2019

Synopsis

When Connor Giannopoulos discovers a Monument under his high school, he doesn't have any idea how much his life is going to change forever. It turns out that immortality and strength beyond his wildest dreams is a bit more responsibility than he bargained for.All 16-year-old Connor is trying to do is avoid his ex-best friend when he stumbles upon a trapdoor to a secret chamber under his school. But when Sally Rodgers breaks into the same secret chamber looking for an ancient being, things take an unexpected turn . . . and Connor's life will never be the same again.Along with the mysterious Sally and, later on, his new friend Locky, Connor discovers the Monuments - gods who have been buried for generations - who created the world and hid themselves away from humanity to keep everyone safe. But now they're exposed and vulnerable, and Connor isn't sure who, himself included, can be trusted with the knowledge and the power these gods have.MONUMENTS is the first book in an exciting new duology from YA star, Will Kostakis.
 

Publisher details

Detention
Author
Tristan Bancks
Publisher
Penguin
Released
02 July, 2019

Synopsis

Sima and her family are pressed to the rough, cold ground among fifty others. They lie next to the tall fence designed to keep them in. The wires are cut one by one.When they make their escape, a guard raises the alarm. Shouting, smoke bombs, people tackled to the ground. In the chaos Sima loses her parents.Dad told her to run, so she does, hiding in a school and triggering a lockdown. A boy, Dan, finds her hiding in the toilet block.What should he do? Help her? Dob her in? She's breaking the law, but is it right to lock kids up? And if he helps, should Sima trust him? Or run?THIS MOMENT, THESE DECISIONS, WILL CHANGE THE COURSE OF THEIR LIVES.

Publisher details

The Last Balfour
Author
Cait Duggan
Publisher
HarperCollins
Genre
Young Adult Fiction
Released
22 July, 2019

Synopsis

Iona Balfour's life is turned upside down when her beloved aunt Grizel is executed for the crime of witchcraft. Before she dies, Grizel appoints Iona as guardian of a precious family bloodstone and tells her she must flee their village and deliver the stone to the mysterious Guild of the Green Lion.Accompanied by a new friend, Cal, Iona soon realises that she's awakened the powers of the bloodstone. But it promises to be a perilous journey. The wolf month is no time to be on the road. And there's a witch hunter on Iona's trail, who has a strange obsession with the stone.When a devastating betrayal throws her into the hands of her enemies, Iona soon finds herself in the fight of her life. Will she suffer the same fate as her aunt, or will she escape the witch hunter and fulfil her destiny?

Publisher details

Young Dark Emu
Author
Bruce Pascoe
Publisher
Magabala Books
Genre
Non Fiction
Released
01 June, 2019

Synopsis

Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived — a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu — A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation.

Publisher details

Songbird
Publisher
Text Publishing
Released
07 May, 2019

Synopsis

Jamila has left her friends, her school and her home in Iraq, and now she has a new home. It’s safe in Australia, but Jamila is finding it hard to settle in. She misses her best friend and worries for her dad’s safety back in Iraq. It’s hard to speak and write in English all day. And Jamila has a secret she wants to keep hidden.When she joins the choir, Jamila begins to feel happy. Singing helps take her worries away. And singing will help her find her place in her new life, a place where she can shine.Songbird is a tender story about belonging, about the importance of friendship and asking for help, and about the parts of our lives we keep concealed.

Synopsis

There's a special anniversary celebration happening at the hotel and everyone is excited – especially Mr Walker! A famous chef is flown in for the event, and although she is all smiles and sweet delights, Chef Remy is none too pleased about sharing his kitchen. Mr Walker smells trouble . . . big trouble indeed.

Synopsis

Twelve-year-old Ben Huntsmore is the son of a ship-owner, an only child who loves the farming life on his family's estate, Badger's Hill.But when Ben's father loses their ancestral home to pay a gambling debt, Ben reluctantly joins his father in a desperate venture to win back their home, capturing enemy trading ships off the west Australian coast.While at sea, Ben must face not just the giant waves of the Southern Ocean but also Dutch guns, as well as unexpected treachery as he realises that his almost-unknown father will sacrifice even his son to make his fortune.Only the unexpected friendships of the mysterious convict Higgins and young Indigenous sailor Guwara will help Ben survive, as well as show him the true meaning of loyalty and riches.From one of Australia's most-renowned children's authors comes a book filled with swashbuckling adventures that uncovers Australian's hidden history as a pirate port and slavers' den.

Synopsis

I don’t know if it’s possible for people to change, not really. The way you’re made up, the important stuff, I reckon you’re born with that . . . when it matters, when it really matters, we are who we are.Nate’s had it tough. An abusive father. His mother dead. He’s done things he regrets.But he’s never met anyone like Gem. She’s a tiny piece of wonderful and she’ll change everything he knows about himself. Is this the beginning of happiness? Or is there more hardship around the corner?
Sami Bayly
About the author

Sami Bayly

Sami Bayly is a natural history illustrator based in Newcastle, who loves all things weird and wonderful. She finds the beauty and importance of all animals regardless of their appearance, and hopes to share her appreciation with others.After recently completing her University degree, she is eager to see what the world has instore for her and her quirky subject matter.The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals is her first book.To keep up to date you can follow Sami on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samibayly/

Books by Sami Bayly

Cait Duggan
About the author

Cait Duggan

A lawyer by profession, Cait Duggan is interested in history and all things esoteric. She has completed a number of writing courses at The Writers' Studio in Sydney and is a graduate of Faber Writing Academy's ‘Writing a Novel' course.

Books by Cait Duggan

Ingrid Laguna
About the author

Ingrid Laguna

Ingrid Laguna is a writer, teacher and musician. She lives in Melbourne and teaches English to children and adults from all over the world, many of whom have refugee backgrounds. Songbird is her second book.
Jess Black
About the author

Jess Black

Jess Black is an Australian author of children's books. She has written over thirty junior fiction books and two picture books, Moon Dance and The Bold Australian Girl (July 2017 release).Jess is the author of the Keeper of the Crystals series and the co-author of the hugely successful Bindi Wildlife Adventure series, RSPCA Animal Tales series and The Kaboom Kid series with David Warner.

Books by Jess Black

Robert Newton
About the author

Robert Newton

Robert Newton has published several other young adult novels in Australia. He is a full-time firefighter, and lives in Melbourne with his wife and two daughters.

Books by Robert Newton

Bruce Pascoe
About the author

Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria and has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. Bruce has had a varied career as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor.Books include the short story collections "Night Animals" and "Nightjar"; the novels "Fox," "Ruby Eyed Coucal," "Ribcage," "Shark," "Earth," and "Ocean"; historical works "Cape Otway: Coast of secrets" and "Convincing Ground"; the childrens book "Foxies in a Firehose" and the young adult fiction "Fog a Dox," which won the Prime Ministers Literary Award for YA Fiction, 2013."

Books by Bruce Pascoe

Anna Walker
About the author

Anna Walker

Anna Walker writes and illustrates children's books and is based in Melbourne. Her charming studio is shared with a printmaker, Rosy the lamp, a few friendly plants, and knitted, woolly creatures. Working with pencil, ink and collage, Anna develops her characters and enjoys spending time with them before they venture out into the world. Her illustrations are inspired by the everyday details of life and the amusing antics of her menagerie. Anna's latest book with Penguin is Mr Huff, an exploration of how kids deal with the worrying feelings that can accompany a bad day. Together with Jane Godwin, Anna has also created a beautiful picture book for Christmas, called What Do You Wish For?

Books by Anna Walker

Katrina Nannestad
About the author

Katrina Nannestad

Katrina Nannestad grew up in central-western NSW. After studying arts and education at the University of New England in Armidale, she worked as a primary school teacher. Her first teaching job was at a tiny two-teacher school in the bush. Katrina now lives near Bendigo with her husband and two sons. Her first book, BUNGALOO CREEK, was published by ABC Books in 2001.
 

Books by Katrina Nannestad

Felice Arena
About the author

Felice Arena

Felice Arena is one of Australia's best-loved children's writers. He is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning children's books for all ages, including Whippersnapper, the bestselling Specky Magee books and the popular Andy Roid series. For more information about Felice and his books visit his website at: felicearena.com

Books by Felice Arena

Tristan Bancks
About the author

Tristan Bancks

Tristan Bancks tells stories for the page and screen. His books for kids and teens include Two Wolves, The Fall, Detention and the Tom Weekly series. Two Wolves won Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The Fall was a CBCA Notable Book and shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Tristan’s books have also been recognised in multiple children’s choice awards. Tristan is a writer-ambassador for literacy charity Room to Read. He is currently working with producers to develop several of his books for the screen. He’s excited by the future of storytelling and inspiring others to create. You can find out more about Tristan’s books, play games, watch videos, chat to the author and help him try to change the world at www.tristanbancks.com.

Books by Tristan Bancks

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